MPs Launch Blood Donation Drive in Arua

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In short
Aruu County MP Odonga Otto appeals to members of the public to actively donate blood as one way of saving lives of those in dire need since blood is not manufactured anywhere in the world.

The Parliamentary Sports Forum launches a week long blood donation campaign in Arua district following reports of an acute blood shortage in West Nile.

The campaign was headed by Aruu County MP Odonga Otto who appealed to members of the public to actively donate blood as one way of saving lives of those in dire need since blood is not manufactured anywhere in the world.

He adds that blood donation should be considered as an approach for living in good health on grounds that staying with too much blod over a long period of time is dangerous for the body.

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Ayivu County MP Bernard Atiku, warn workers at the blood bank against selling blood to patients saying that could be the reason why some people shun blood donation campaigns.

However, Yonna Okuku, the coordinator for Uganda Red Cross Society Arua, says the major problem is lack of staff and equipment to collect enough blood that can serve all the eight districts in the region. He appealed to the ministry of health to increase budgetary allocations for the regional unit so that it can be able to provide services on time.

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The one week drive was preceded by a football match between the West Nile Press Association and Parliamentary staff and another between the MP’s and Arua District Councillors. Journalists won 1-0 against Parliamentary staff while councillors lost 2-0 to the MP’s.

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.